iPad mini lends itself to location-based apps: Expert

10:25PM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

App developers should be able to quickly get to grips with the newly released iPad mini, and will also be presented with several opportunities, including the creation of location-based apps, according to an industry expert.

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Australia second easiest place in world to start-up – but it’s downhill from there

10:00AM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia is the second easiest place in the world to start a business, according to a new report by the World Bank, but drops back to 10th place when it comes to the ease of doing business.

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X-ray glasses provide entrepreneurial vision

10:55PM | Friday, 7 October 2011 | Michelle Hammond

A pair of “social X-ray” glasses can tell you what another person is feeling and when you should stop talking, a US researcher has claimed.

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What would happen if you didn’t turn up to work?

10:15PM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Greg Hayes

What would happen to your start-up if you were unable to work for a couple of months? By following these five simple steps, you can make sure your business will continue without you. BY GREG HAYES.

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Universities’ business models need radical overhaul: Report

10:01PM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Traditional business models within universities will be obsolete by 2025, according to a new Ernst & Young report, which highlights opportunities for the private sector as changes occur.

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Personal loans on the rise as consumers shy away from credit cards

10:57PM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Consumer credit demand fell by 1.4% for the September quarter, according to consumer data intelligence company Veda, as Australian consumers maintain cautious spending and become more determined to reduce debt.

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Regional tourism operators receive $48.5 million boost

10:33PM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Regional tourism operators have been given until mid-December to apply for a grant of up to $250,000 through the Federal Government’s new $48.5 million Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund.

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Better collaboration needed to boost innovation: Report

10:21PM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A more collaborative effort is needed to foster Australian innovation, which is at risk of being swamped by the mining boom, according to an in-depth new study from the University of Sydney Business School.

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Eight top tips to winning a Startup Weekend

10:08PM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Isaac Souweine

Startup Weekend returns to Sydney on November 9th. Whether you’re there for networking opportunities or to pitch for finance, here are eight top tips for the event. BY ISAAC SOUWEINE.

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Skincare retailer hit with $100,000 fines for ‘retail price maintenance’

10:53AM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Melbourne-based skincare retailer has been hit with $100,000 in fines for engaging in resale price maintenance, prompting the competition watchdog to issue a stern warning to suppliers.

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Bean bag doubles as backpack

10:31PM | Thursday, 27 October 2011 | Michelle Hammond

A mumpreneur has invented a beach chair that doubles as a backpack, taking the packhorse drudgery out of a day at the beach with her children.

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Government lifts two-month freeze on clean tech programs

10:00AM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Government has resumed its Clean Technology Investment Programs following a two-month freeze, but there are fears that the pause will have had a negative impact on prospective grant recipients.

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New payment platform Fat Zebra aiming to help start-ups deal with banks

10:35PM | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new online payment platform has vowed to help start-ups improve their relationships with the major banks, having already forged ties with the likes of Pollenizer and Fishburners.

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Caution urged over crowdfunding as Kickstarter-backed venture crashes

10:31PM | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Kickstarter-backed gaming company was forced to stop development on its latest game after its programmers pulled the pin.

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Gear up for thought-triggered technology

10:33PM | Thursday, 6 October 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Scientists have unveiled a bicycle with gears that can be changed by thinking about it.

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New Manly co-working space rolls out the perks for start-ups

10:00AM | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A start-up co-working space in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly has denied it is dangling a carrot for members despite sweetening its offer with non-work perks, such as kayaking and yoga.

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Mark Zuckerberg speaks at start-up school – here are three top tips

10:39PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has imparted some new words of wisdom to start-ups, insisting the desire to solve a problem must always be greater than the desire to start a company.

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Five ways SMEs will be affected by Wayne Swan’s budget cuts

10:33PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses are bracing themselves for a hit following the release of Treasurer Wayne Swan’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, which has downgraded the 2012-13 projected surplus to $1.1 billion.

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Start-ups tipped to cash in amid second-hand goods boom

10:44PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New research suggests the resale value of unused goods in Australian households could equate to more than $40 billion, highlighting opportunities for start-ups in the growing second-hand market.

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Female entrepreneurs suffering funding shortfall: Report

10:39PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A lack of risk-taking and a preference for service-based industries has been blamed for a shortfall in start-up investment secured by women, after US research revealed female-created ventures receive 8% less funding than men.

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